Saturday, August 9, 2008

Nothing Special, Just Unusual


It was one of those situations where there were no other options to pursue. I was returning home Thursday from my almost daily morning photographic shoot when I spied a large hawk surveying a meadow from his perch atop a hay bale. I had the 300mm lens attached and decided to shoot a few shots before he flew, as these birds are quite skittish in this area.

I took a few frames and then tried to attach the 500mm, which was lying in the back seat of the Blazer, but I never got it mounted until he flew away. This is likely the same hawk that killed the rabbit in the previous post, as he was only a short distance from that spot.


Canon 30D: 300mmF4-1/500sec. f 5.6 ISO 200

This evening when I arrived at my favorite deer photography spot, I set the 40D up on a tripod and was standing a short distance away with the 30D and 70-200mm lens when one of the fawns came running up to the tripod for a close look at it. Again it wasn't a super pose as I would have liked to have captured a more inquisitive expression on its' face, but still I thought it was special to have the little fellow come that close to the photographic equipment. (Yes, the 40D has returned from repair for the second time and all systems seem to be functional!)


Canon 30D: 70-200mmF 2.8-1/160 sec. f 4.5 ISO 400

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21 comments:

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Awwwh! Your photo of the curious fawn is wonderful! Thanks for sharing it. It is an unusual occurrence, and you're fortunate to have recorded it. Love it!

ratmammy said...

wow, she certainly was brave to come that close!

Louise said...

Maybe not the shot you were after, but I love it! I love young animals (and birds) because often they are not as skittish as the adults and let us have a closer look.

Carletta said...

Both of these are awesome Willard!

While the hawk is skittish by nature this little fawn didn't no any better did he! So cute. This one makes me smile.

bobbie said...

Very nice photos. I love to watch hawks and eagles. And who can resist a fawn?

Greyscale Territory said...

Amazing that you managed to get the hawk pic from ground level! But i do love the look on the faun's face! Definitely a cute peek-a-boo look!

i beati said...

i see why a favorite special sandy

kjpweb said...

I would like to think of them special in their own way!:)
Amazing!
Cheers, Klaus

fishing guy said...

Willard: Simply amazing capture, you do such great things with your cameras. The mountains you live in give you a lot of opertunity also and I'm glad you share with us.

Teena in Toronto said...

So that's what a hawk looks like! Lovely pic of the fawn.

I played too :)

AppleDebbie said...

Both of your pictures are wonderful but the fawn... oh my goodness, I think I'm in love!

babooshka said...

Outstanding. To get that fawn so close. You do have such an affinity with wildlife photography.

Misty Dawn said...

I LOVE your photos. I tried getting a hawk sitting on a hay bale before I got my DSLR. I got shots which were very unsatisfactory.

The Birdlady said...

They look pretty special to me! You get the best fawns of anybody!

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I think birds have a second sense and know when people are taking photos of them. LOL

The fawn looks totally unafraid.

Tommy said...

Wonderful pictures. Its amazing how close the fawn came up to you... where was momma... my guess is she scolded Nemo for going to close to the humans.

Christy said...

Very nice shots. Glad to hear that your camera is back and well.

Faye Pekas said...

Two great captures here. It is very hard to get a good shot of a hawk. This one looks like its posing for you.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hi Willard...
Just playing a spot of catch up before the madness of Sky Watch starts... this post and the fawn post below have been my highlight of the afternoon... I was also able to see these while Jane was sat here and her reaction to the fawns was everything you would expect from a town girl..ha!. many ah! and 'how cute'... excellent posting Willard.. I hope this visit finds you and your loved ones well.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ah, brave and curious little fawn! What a capture indeed!

The hawk on the hay bale is a nice shot!

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People with Cameras said...

Aww...what a beauty!